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Old Oct 29, 2008, 9:22 AM   #1
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Hi. I took this picture while hiking near Starved Rock. I did a little post processing to touch up a few things but I can't tell if I oversharpened it or not. Something about the light glimmering on the wet rock around the waterfall throws me off. What do you all think? TIA

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Old Oct 29, 2008, 1:51 PM   #2
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Old Oct 30, 2008, 1:21 PM   #3
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Well - the only thing that stands out for me is the almost unnatural way the tree stands out against the background, but it's not worth worrying about - it's only on close inspection and the fact that you said you sharpened the shot.

Fantastic shot there Gerafix!, I'll have to try that sometime.

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No, without the sharpening there would be less texture on the water. Great photos


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Old Oct 30, 2008, 7:24 PM   #5
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I think it's a great photo. But for curiosity, I used Photoshop Elements 2 to slightly adjust the appearance ofthe rocks on each side of the fall by reducing the contrast and brightness and the highlights.

I left the fall itself untouched because I couldn't think of any way to improve it - the way you have it is one of the best pictures of falling water that I've ever seen.

Heres' the result -

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Old Nov 4, 2008, 11:33 AM   #6
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Thanks for the critique and comments, everyone. Polarizer...touche....I even had one with me and it didn't dawn on me to use it. Live and learn. :idea:

I hear ya about the leaves. They stood out a bit in person but even more so when I post processed the pic. This picture is cropped down but there's actually a bridge above the falls where sunlight was coming thru and illuminating the leaves. Now that I think about it, I wonder if fall doesn't look as smooth due to the post processing I did.

Here's another pic I did of a different waterfall. The fall turned out better but I still didn't have my circular polarizer on. D'oh.

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